Headaches Associated with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)


HEADACHES ASSOCIATED WITH PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad drsudhirkumar@yahoo.com Introduction Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by SARS-CoV2 is a global pandemic, which has already affected about 2.6 million people in about 200 countries. Healthcare workers working in high-risk areas (such as emergency room, isolation wards, ICU, etc)Continue reading “Headaches Associated with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)”

SARS CoV2 INFECTION IN PREGNANT WOMEN: Clinical Features and Outcome


Covid 19 in Pregnancy: Clinical Features and Outcome Dr Sudhir Kumar  MD DM drsudhirkumar@yahoo.com Covid 19, caused by SARS CoV2 virus is a global pandemic, which has infected more than 2.2 million people worldwide and resulted in death of about 1,50,000 people. Data regarding the effects of Covid 19 in pregnant women are lacking. AContinue reading “SARS CoV2 INFECTION IN PREGNANT WOMEN: Clinical Features and Outcome”

HOW DOES COVID 19 AFFECT THE NERVOUS SYSTEM


How does COVID 19 affect Nervous System? Covid 19, caused by SARS CoV2 virus, is a global pandemic, which has infected about 1.88 million people in about 200 countries, resulting in about 1,16,800 deaths. Covid 19 predominantly affects respiratory system. Common symptoms include fever, cough, breathing difficulty, fatigue and chest pain. Severe cases manifest withContinue reading “HOW DOES COVID 19 AFFECT THE NERVOUS SYSTEM”

GUILLAIN BARRE SYNDROME as a presenting feature of SARS CoV 2 INFECTION


Introduction Guillain Barre syndrome (GBS) refers to an acute onset polyradiculoneuropathy, which commonly manifests with rapidly progressive weakness of all 4 limbs, usually starting in lower limbs, then ascending to involve upper limbs. Muscle tone is reduced (hypotonia) and the deep tendon reflexes are either sluggish or absent. Minor sensory symptoms such as distal paresthesiaContinue reading “GUILLAIN BARRE SYNDROME as a presenting feature of SARS CoV 2 INFECTION”

COVID 19 TESTING: INDIA VERSUS THE REST- WHERE DO WE STAND?


COVID 19 TESTING: INDIA VERSUS THE REST- WHERE DO WE STAND? Covid 19, a global pandemic, which began in China in late December 2019, has spread to more than 200 countries in the world. The total numbers of Covid 19 infected people have been rapidly increasing in some countries such as USA, UK, Italy, Spain,Continue reading “COVID 19 TESTING: INDIA VERSUS THE REST- WHERE DO WE STAND?”

INDIA AS A SUPPLIER OF HCQ TO REST OF THE WORLD: JUSTIFIED OR NOT?


INDIA AS A SUPPLIER OF HCQ TO REST OF THE WORLD: JUSTIFIED OR NOT? There has been a lot of criticism of PM Modi after a ban on export of HCQs were lifted and India agreed to supply HCQ to US and other countries. However, is this criticism justified?First, let us look at Indian pharmaceuticalContinue reading “INDIA AS A SUPPLIER OF HCQ TO REST OF THE WORLD: JUSTIFIED OR NOT?”

WOMEN FIGHT COVID 19 BETTER THAN MEN


WOMEN FIGHT COVID 19 BETTER THAN MEN It is no secret that males are the weaker gender in many aspects. On an average, men die younger than women and the prevalence of life threatening diseases such as heart attacks; stroke and cancer are more in men than in women. The same holds true with respectContinue reading “WOMEN FIGHT COVID 19 BETTER THAN MEN”

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND CORONA VIRUS DISEASE


ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND CORONA VIRUS DISEASE Alcohol use is a global health concern, ranking seventh among the leading causes of death and disability.  Alcohol consumption is associated with many serious illnesses including liver cirrhosis, dementia, cerebellar ataxia, nutritional deficiency, etc and it is also a major risk factor for road traffic accidents. Despite these healthContinue reading “ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND CORONA VIRUS DISEASE”

ANOSMIA, HYPOSMIA AND DYSGEUSIA can be the First Symptoms of Covid 19


Loss of Smell and Taste Could be Early Symptoms of Covid 19 The typical symptoms of Covid 19 are fever, cough and breathing difficulty. However, several cases have been reported, where patients presented with lack of smell and taste, who were later diagnosed to be having Covid 19. Many of these patients had no respiratoryContinue reading “ANOSMIA, HYPOSMIA AND DYSGEUSIA can be the First Symptoms of Covid 19”

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for Covid 19 Prevention


Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine: Should you take them for Covid 19 Prevention? Chloroquine is routinely used in the treatment of malaria. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is used for treating malaria and rheumatological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, etc. Recently they have been in news with regards to their proposed role in preventing Covid 19 infectionContinue reading “Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for Covid 19 Prevention”